News in Brief: Verticality in MLS, Behind the Scenes of Minnesota’s Win, and More

by on 25 April 2017

Tragedy hits English soccer

Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu passed away from cardiac arrest at the age of 44 last Friday. Ehiogu was a U-23 coach for Tottenham Hotspur and had a long career playing for six clubs over 18 years.

Verticality in MLS

Kevin Minkus of American Soccer Analysis explored which players in MLS are most effective at moving the ball up the pitch. There is a lot of information here for you stat nerds (I say that lovingly), but what you should know is that two Loons are mentioned. Miguel Ibarra lands the ninth spot in the MLS top 10 in Yards Progressed on Ball per 10 Touches, while Ibson finds himself sixth in the MLS top 10 in Yards Progressed through Passes in Attacking Half (per 90).

Sights and sounds from Loons’ win

Miguel Ibarra explains his celebration with teammate Fransisco Calvo after his first MLS goal.

Meanwhile, the Dark Clouds section displayed some new signs. Hopefully, these signs will be at upcoming matches.

Is Brent Kallman the newest Loon superhero? A two-pole sign was spotted in the stands with Kallman’s likeness as Thor.

Tickets for Kids and The Sanneh Foundation teamed up to bring some new fans to TCF for the match.

News bits

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